It’s been understood for a while now that there was already a sequel to Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin in the works, one in which Spielberg was meant to trade producing and directing duties with Peter Jackson; and that’s all still a go. Before the original had opened anywhere, work was already being done on the sequel, and now that it’s become a financial success in several overseas markets, a second Tintin adventure is all but guaranteed. What has changed, however, is Spielberg and Jackson’s original plans of where the story for the sequel will actually go.
We reported a while back that the sequel was tentatively titled The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun, and that the story they were planning to tell would be an amalgamation of two classic Tintin stories “Prisoners of the Sun” and “The Seven Crystal Balls.” Well, that’s no longer the case, because while doing an interview with The Playlist, producer Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that they have a different plan. “‘Prisoners of the Sun’ was a very, very early discussion, and it isn’t under discussion anymore,” she said. “We’ve still got Anthony Horowitz working on the second movie, and we don’t know what we’re doing with the third movie yet.”
Despite no current plans for the third, there does seem to be an idea of where Horowitz is currently going with the second. Kennedy said of the first film, “We knew that we needed to introduce Tintin, we needed to introduce the relationship with Haddock, we knew [the dog] Snowy was going to be in it,” and then added about the sequel, “so now what we’re thinking is what new characters do we want to introduce? Well, we’ll probably introduce Calculus and bring him into the fold.”
For the uninitiated, Professor Calculus is a bumbling, hard-of-hearing inventor that builds a lot of the gadgets that Tintin’s adventures revolve around. Speculation is that the new Tintin story the creative team will be looking at adapting is “The Calculus Affair,” which is a story about Professor Calculus being kidnapped and one that features him heavily.
As a matter of fact, the use of “The Calculus Affair” for the next film is a little bit more than speculation, as Kennedy confirms, “We haven’t decided yet, but that’s the direction we’re headed.” So there you have it, some bad news for fans of “Prisoners of the Sun,” some good news for fans of “The Calculus Affair.”